Morgan Eye and the Tigers look to improve to 4-0 on the season.
Nov. 20, 2013
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2013
Tip-off: 7:00 p.m.
Arena: Mizzou Arena (15,061)
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MU: Robin Pingeton (St. Ambrose `90) 46-51 at MU (fourth season)
SEMO: Ty Margenthaler (SIUE `97) 20-42 at SEMO (third season)
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The Tigers will welcome The Southeast Missouri Redhawks on Thursday, November 21. The game will mark Student Night, and all students attending the contest will receive a set of black and gold beads. The Tigers own a 14-1 record against the Redhawks with the most recent meeting coming on December 29, 2008 when the Tigers earned a 60-31 win over SEMO.
The Redhawks come into the contest with a 2-2 record and are looking to rebound after their loss to Western Kentucky on Tuesday (Nov. 19). In SEMO's first contest of the year, the Redhawks had four players score double figures. The Redhawk's contest against Western Kentucky came down to shooting percentage with WKU shooing 63-percent from the floor with SEMO only shooting 45-percent. Sophomore guard, Olivia Hackmann, who contributed 14 points and 3 steals in the game, led the Redhawks in the loss.
Missouri will hit the road to UT-Martin on Saturday before returning to Columbia to host UMKC on Tuesday, Nov. 26. The Tigers will Take on Hunger next Tuesday, offering free admission with the donation of two canned food items to benefit Tiger Pantry. Mizzou will also welcome Special Olympics athletes, who will scrimmage on the court at halftime.
This season the Tigers are averaging 6.3 blocks per game, second-best in the SEC. In fact, Mizzou had just five blocks through its first three games last season and has 19 through three games this year. Mizzou averaged just 2.3 blocks per game a year ago.
Two categories that Mizzou was very good in a year ago, it is dominating in again this season. The Tigers lead the SEC in defensive rebounding at 35.0 per game and are also third in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.4.
Coming into the season, it was well-known that Mizzou could burn its opponents from distance and so far this season, the Tigers have not disappointed. Mizzou averages nine 3-point makes per game, an SEC-best. Remarkably, Morgan Eye, who led the nation in 3-point makes a year ago, has just four as a variety of other Tigers have stepped up. In fact, sophomore Morgan Stock leads the Tigers with nine 3-pointers, connecting on nearly 40-percent of her shots from distance. Stock leads the league, averaging 3.0 makes from distance per game this season.
Mizzou has done a good job of wearing down its opponents this season. In fact, the Tigers are outscoring their opponents by 13 points in the second half of games this season. Mizzou is outscoring its opponents by just seven in the first half.
The Tigers are showing some depth this season, and that was put on display against SIUE as 31 of Mizzou's 59 points and 43 of Missouri's 73 points against Evansville came from off the bench. So far this season, the Tiger bench is accounting for just under 45-percent of the team's scoring. More importantly, Mizzou is outscoring opponents off the bench 31.3-11.0.
A stat that speaks even more about the Tigers' depth and balance in scoring is the fact that three players have scored 15 or more points this season in different games as the scoring has been spread around. Freshman Kayla McDowell led Mizzou with 19 points in the season-opener against SLU while Bri Kulas has led Mizzou in each of the last two games, scoring 16 points in each. Morgan Stock has scored 15 in each of the last two games as well.
Mizzou has been very good at the free-throw line so far this season, connecting on 81-percent of their chances at the charity stripe (38-for-47), an SEC-best. Seven of the Tigers' eight players with multiple free throw attempts this season are all shooting .714 or better from the stripe while the eighth, Lianna Doty, is shooting 3-for-5.
Head Coach Robin Pingeton is just four wins away from her 50th victory at MU. She holds a 46-51 record during her time with the Tigers. The Tigers' victory over SIUE marks women's basketball's 90th victory in Mizzou Arena.
The Tigers are playing unselfish basketball this season, as the team has assisted on 54-of-73 field goals (74%). Sophomore point guard Lianna Doty leads the team with 21 assists on the season and she boasts a 2:1 assist-turnover ratio.
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